NYT Repeats ‘Record Deportation’ Falsehood

“With the Obama administration deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace. . . .” — The New York Times 4/6/14.

Fact Check: The New York Times, one of the nation’s leading journalistic cheerleaders for illegal aliens and their demands, is having trouble giving up on the bogus but widely repeated claim about “record deportations.” Illegal alien advocates constantly use this claim to justify a more lenient policy toward illegal aliens, or even demand that almost all deportations cease.

The truth of the matter is that even the administration’s Department of Homeland Security has had to admit that it has not increased genuine deportations, i.e., the removal of unauthorized foreign nationals from the interior of the U.S. and sending them home. The administration came up with “record deportations” by arbitrarily adding to deportations the number of illegal aliens apprehended at the border and then returned home. No previous administration used this method of calculation.

Other major newspapers now are beginning to reveal the truth. In an article entitled “High Deportation figures Are Misleading,” The Los Angeles Times reported that, “[T]he portrait of a steadily increasing number of deportations rests on statistics that conceal almost as much as they disclose. A closer examination shows that immigrants living illegally in most of the continental U.S. are less likely to be deported today than before Obama came to office, according to immigration data. . . .Expulsions of people who are settled and working in the United States have fallen steadily since his first year in office, and are down more than 40 percent since 2009.”

But exposure of the truth has in no way calmed the demands of illegal alien supporters to reduce, even more, the small and declining number of deportations that are still going on. The DHS, as it admits there are no “record deportations,” is under orders from President Obama to find new ways to avoid enforcing the laws that require deportation.

In response, Jeh Johnson, the head of DHS, is considering guidelines to stop what the Associated Press calls “serious” alien criminals from being sent home. So on the basis of a falsehood, the administration is moving ahead its rule of lawlessness. No doubt The New York Times will continue to justify it, even if this supposed “paper of record” has to peddle a new lie to replace “record deportations.”


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